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Mr. Drake and the ECMS office staff making students and families feel more than welcome as they return to Stingray Land! EPIC3 in motion!

Please join Superintendent Hughes and all WCSD Staff in our commitment to Student Attendance.  September is Attendance Awareness month and we will be providing you with important information on the topic of Attendance throughout the month of September.  We will provide information from the 2019 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow campaign from Attendance Works, which is a national organization that promotes good attendance.   For additional information from Attendance Works, please visit www.attendanceworks.org

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WCSD wishes to share Magic Johnson’s thoughts that all professionals, especially professional athletes, have to have good attendance in school.  He says, “School is why I made it big time!  School is your best shot to a better life, better job, better money.”  

 "Don't drop the ball!  Pick it up, run hard...every student, every day!  Spread the Word!" 

When you earn your diploma it can take you many places, but if you are not attending school you will be less likely to finish high school.  So let’s make every effort to be in school every day!  For more information on how you may assist your child in building good attendance, please visit www.attendanceworks.org

 

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Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.  Did you know that students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.  Absences can also be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty. According to Attendance Works, by 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school and by 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.  So attendance does matter! 

For more information on how you may assist your teen to stay on track with good attendance, please visit https://www.attendanceworks.org/resources/messaging/teens-and-their-families/

Superintendent Hughes wishes to remind our Preschoolers and their parents how important it is to show up every day. 

Did you know that missing just 10% of preschool (only one or two days every few weeks) can make it harder to develop early reading skills.  It can also make it harder to get ready for kindergarten and first grade and will develop a poor attendance pattern that’s hard to break in later grades.  So let’s make a commitment to attend our preschool programs every day.  For more information on why attendance matters in Early Education Programs please visit https://www.attendanceworks.org/take-action/educators/early-childhood-providers/

Mossy Head School kicks off the school year with their first All House meeting!

Students, faculty and staff at Mossy Head School met on the very first day to find out about the exciting changes made to the school’s house system. Everyone met to find out about the four houses, Wajibu, Teako, Trua, and Quantum, and to find out which house they will draw!

MHS All House Day

MHS All House Day

MHS All House Day

MHS All House Day

MHS All House Day

After 28 years of dedicated service, Walton County School Board lawyer, Ben Holley, has retired. Superintendent Hughes and the School Board of Walton County presented him with an award at the August 6, 2019 School Board meeting that states: Walton County School District Honors and Esteems Ben L. Holley School Board Attorney, In recognition of your dedication and service to Walton County Schools. 

Best wishes to Mr. Holley as he enjoys his retirement! 

MSE held their annual Preview for students in grades 1-5 on Thursday, August 8th. Students were excited to see new teachers and old friends! In addition to visiting and touring the school, families were provided information about buses, SPICE, dental care, becoming a volunteer or mentor, and lunch information. They also received free backpacks from St. Joe, free books from the media center, and cotton candy from the PTO.

Also pictured is the Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 8th.

It was a great way to kick off what promises to be an EPIC year!
Submitted by Krisy Spence

MSE Orientation       

MSE Orientation

 

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MSE Orientation

In anticipation of the 294 new sixth graders headed this way on the first day of school, Walton Middle School hosted a successful sixth grade orientation on the morning of Thursday, August 8, 2019.  Principal Jason Campbell welcomed students and their families to the A+ Warrior tribe.
Eager families of WMS' largest class to date filled the gym, listening as Mr. Campbell covered logistical information and school expectations with the class of 2026.  After the warm introduction, students picked up their schedules and met their seven new teachers.
Later that same day, WMS hosted visitation for its seventh and eighth grade families as well, giving them an opportunity to get their new schedules and meet their excited teachers.
Both events were well attended by Warrior families, and Walton Middle School looks forward to an exciting school year full of fresh faces and new opportunities.  Go Warriors!
Submitted by Kristen Nelson
WMS 6th Gd Orientation